The Athlete’s Guide to Miami
There’s more to be gleaned from the city’s white-sand beaches than a deep tan
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The city boasts more races than ever (from marathons to fat biking), thriving fitness communities, and as always, approximately 365 days of perfect conditions for playing.
A segregated bike path allows for 40-mile out-and-backs. Ride it alone, or join one of Bells Bicycles’ two weekend group rides.
So many locals run, bike, and swim at this bayside spot on Virginia Key that it’s unofficially called Tri Beach. Bring your A game: four-time world champion Leanda Cave trains here, too.
Oleta River State Park
The 1,043-acre park has 15 miles of trails, a stretch of river for canoeing, and a saltwater lagoon for swimming. Rent canoes and mountain bikes at BG Oleta River Outdoors.
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Vista View Park
Miami is flat. But you can get a bit of hill training at nearby Vista View, a former landfill that now houses 272 acres of rolling terrain.
Juice and Java
Great post-training salads and wraps.
Biscayne National Park
Trawl for giant bonefish—pound for pound, the hardest-fighting fish in the world. Steve Horowitz of Kestrel Outfitters can get you to the goods.
Good waves are rare in Miami, which makes it a great place to flatwater SUP. Rent a board from F1rst Surf Supply Co.
Dave Hughes, Olympic Sailor
“Lokal serves up on-point burgers, veggie options, and local beers. It’s a nice treat after a hard week of training. Order the 50/50 fries.”
Frankie Ruiz, Cofounder of the Miami Marathon
“One of my favorite running spots is the Long Pine Key Trail. It takes you through a couple of different habitats in the Everglades and is about 45 minutes out of town.”